Oct 28, 2021  
PVCC 2021-2022 College Catalog 
    
PVCC 2021-2022 College Catalog

Diagnostic Medical Sonography (AAS)


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Associate of Applied Science Degree - Code: 109

Purpose: The two-year associate degree in sonography is designed to provide a quality entry-level education in the cognitice (knowledge), psychomotor (skills), and affective (behavior) learning domains through a competency-based clinical and didactic instructional curriculum in diagnostic sonography. Graduates of the program will be eligible to take the American Registry of Diagnostic Medical Sonogrpahy exam or the American Registry of Radiolgoic Technologists (ARRT) sonography exam.

Occupational objectives: Hospitals remain the primary employer of sonographers, but there are increasing numbers of jobs available in physician offices, outpatient surgery centers, and free-standing diagnostic imaging centers. The profession of diagnostic medical sonography includes general sonography (defined as abdomen, obstetric, gynecologic, superficial parts, and other appropriate areas), cardiac sonography, vascular technology, and various other subspecialties. Entry-level sonographers usually work in general and obstetric/gynecologic sonography. With further experience and training, they can move into the other specialties.

Admission requirements: In addition to admission to the College, there are specific admission requirements for this program. These requirements may change on an annual basis, and students can find the most up-to-date information in the  Diagnostic Medical Sonography Admissions Information Book, Fall 2022 Cycle or in the Admission and Advising Center, and in the Health and Life Sciences Division office.

Graduation requirement: Students entering the Diagnostic Medical Sonography degree program are required to take one writing intensive course in order to graduate. The Writing Intensive Course for this program is DMS 241 , which has a prerequisite of ENG 111  and ENG 112 . Students who are awarded transfer credit for this course from another institution may fulfill the Writing Intensive Course (WIC) requirement for this degree program by completing another Writing Intensive Course (WIC). Beginning in Fall 2020, students in all degree programs are reuiqred to take at least one Civic Engagement course to graduate.

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